The 13 Nights of Halloween

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On the first night of Halloween, what does your mummy give you? A bright, shiny Skeleton Key, of course!

In fact, for each of the thirteen nights leading up to the big night, your mummy is ready with gifts that include everything from singing skulls to demons dancing to icky eyeballs. The spookier and slimier, the better!

From debut author-illustrator Guy Vasilovich comes a picture book that is sure to inspire even the youngest readers to start...

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Overview

On the first night of Halloween, what does your mummy give you? A bright, shiny Skeleton Key, of course!

In fact, for each of the thirteen nights leading up to the big night, your mummy is ready with gifts that include everything from singing skulls to demons dancing to icky eyeballs. The spookier and slimier, the better!

From debut author-illustrator Guy Vasilovich comes a picture book that is sure to inspire even the youngest readers to start the creepy countdown to Halloween. Sing along to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” as you get ready for the scariest—and silliest—night of the year.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In a raucous revamp of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” carol, an impish child describes the gifts that her “mummy” gives to her, starting with “a bright, shiny skeleton key.” On the third night of Halloween, she receives “3 Baseball Bats” (the flying mammals wear baseball caps); on the fifth night, “5 Singing Skulls;” and on the seventh night, “7 Goblins Gobbling.” With a fluorescent palette and an undead Nickelodeon aesthetic, debut talent Vasilovich offers a suitably creepy vision of Halloween night. Ages 4–8. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Lisa Kuehne
Your child will never want to go back to the "Twelve Days of Christmas" song once they read this scary, hair rising, silly and amazing illustrated book by debut author-illustrator, Vasilovich. An adorably cute little girl gets thirteen gifts from her mummy, which happen to be all the freaky things in most children's nightmares. There are vampires, witches, werewolves, mutants, goblins, corpses, skulls, eyeballs, bats, a two-headed snake, ghosts, and a bright, shiny skeleton key in this young girl's gift basket Do not fret, she is not complaining; she is ecstatic. The illustrations by Vasilovich are outstanding and hook readers right away. This book is a great way to get children singing and engaged with reading. It is well worth every penny. The only problem to this wonderful, unique work of art is do not be surprised if young readers, teachers, and parents cannot seem to ever get the thirteen nights of ghostly fun out of their heads. Reviewer: Lisa Kuehne
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Using the formula for "The 12 Days of Christmas," Vasilovich has created a mildly spooky rhyme for Halloween. On the first night of the holiday, a small girl with an oversize head, huge eyes, and antennaelike pigtails receives a bright, shiny skeleton key from her mummy. Each successive night, a spread describes the next eerie gift and recaps the previous presents. Some of these alliterative offerings are clever: icky eyeballs, baseball bats, singing skulls, corpses caroling, and marching mutants. But others are merely redundant: witches witching and ghosts a-ghosting. The illustrations are delightfully macabre. The smiling little ghoul and the bright, angular creatures she is given are set against swirling backgrounds that should elicit squeals from youngsters who are looking for slightly scary stories.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
Kirkus Reviews

"The 12 Days of Christmas" inspires a creepy countdown to Halloween night.

Before any text appears, a spunky little witch girl flies into the body of the book clutching her crooked broom and imploring with oversize manga-bright eyes for readers to come, too. "On the first night of Halloween / my mummy gave to me: / a bright, / shiny / Skeleton Key." The following nights bring a 2-headed snake, 3 Baseball Bats, 4 Icky Eyeballs and so on. (All cardinal numbers are rendered as numerals, while the ordinal numbers are spelled out.) Some days are less successful than others. Ghosts a-Ghosting and Witches Witching—huh? But Vasilovich is one to watch: His extensive experience in television animation and comics illustration is evident. Any page looks like a still from a scary cartoon movie. He achieves a Tim Burton–esque mood with settings full of sharp angles and zigzagging lines. Backgrounds of deep greens and purples and glowing oranges and yellows set off the dark action on each spread. Even though the creatures seem more sinister as each night goes by (the eyes are particularly chilling), the witch seems positively charmed. The big day finally arrives, and the text spirals with the key at the center of the page. It unlocks a room where all the characters come together for a most haunting Halloween celebration.

More shivery than stunning; for slightly older readers.(Picture book. 5-8)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061804458
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/26/2011
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 154,763
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Guy Vasilovich is supervising director of the international animated series Geronimo Stilton, as well as executive producer and creator of his own animated series for YTV in Canada, Moville Mysteries, starring the voice of Frankie Muniz. He has directed, developed, designed, and written animated shows for Nickelodeon, Warner Brothers, Universal, Disney, and Comedy Central and has served as Film Roman’s creative executive, developing original properties for live action and animation. Guy also cocreated the popular daily and Sunday syndicated comic strip When I Was Short. He lives in Burbank, California. This is his first picture book.

Guy Vasilovich is supervising director of the international animated series Geronimo Stilton, as well as executive producer and creator of his own animated series for YTV in Canada, Moville Mysteries, starring the voice of Frankie Muniz. He has directed, developed, designed, and written animated shows for Nickelodeon, Warner Brothers, Universal, Disney, and Comedy Central and has served as Film Roman’s creative executive, developing original properties for live action and animation. Guy also cocreated the popular daily and Sunday syndicated comic strip When I Was Short. He lives in Burbank, California. This is his first picture book.

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  • Posted October 3, 2012

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    An entertaining Halloween take on a favorite Christmas carol

    In The 13 Nights of Halloween, Guy Vasilovich remakes the Christmas carol, the 12 Days of Christmas into a funny Halloween treat. Filled with great pictures, and an easy to follow song pattern that children will recognize, The 13 Nights of Halloween is a silly and entertaining read.
    Recommended for readers age 4-7.

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

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    A Keeper for Children's Library At Home!

    This gorgeous book has an eye-catching cover to begin with. Parents, grandparents and children will be enchanted by it and the beautiful illustrations inside. The hard cover makes it exceptional.
    I love the concept of singing the story in rhyme to "On the First Day of Christmas!" It's so perfect, and provides a fun element for children to sing along to when the book is read several times over to them during the Halloween season...and from year to year. By the way, they will be wanting you to read it several times over!
    I sent this adorable book to my grandson who is a gifted 3 yr. old, he loves it, his mom has to read it every night, and it's a collectible for his ever expanding library!
    Wonderful book! It's a keeper!

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

    Adorable Halloween Book!

    This fun book will keep your trick & treaters thrilled as they follow the monsters to the Halloween party at the end. Full of puns ("on the first night of Halloween my Mummy...") and great rhymes, the author's take on the famous Christmas song will stay in your head. Note: some of the illustrations may be too scary for the very young or sensitive kid.

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